What are five of the weirdest things you have ever eaten?

One straight forward question this Sunday –

What are five of the weirdest things you have ever eaten?

For me my Top 5 would have to be …

1] Durian fruit

2] Frog Legs

3] An assorted platter of caramelised critters [snails, crickets, grasshoppers, grubs]

4] Fermented shark

5] Alligator steak.

None of the menu listings are recent – l don’t have the stomach any more literally to ‘stomach’ any of the above. In comparison my diet today is exceptionally bland. As a youngster and by this l mean from the age of perhaps seven to around my fortieth l always had strange eating habits. I was never phased by weird or strange food types and considered myself adventurous when it came to food. The list above is by no means the only weird things l have ever swallowed, but it’ll do.

I am a trained chef and l went into catering for a number of reasons. l was working in a hotel whilst l was at school, and figured that catering was a good industry to work and also l was told that if l wanted to progress into management quickly, catering was the way to do it via the kitchen. Other small reasons was that l enjoyed cooking at home and thoroughly loved eating food, l can’t say the latter anymore today – l eat mainly to survive as there is no more enjoyment to be had. I was also very creative with food and l wanted to specialise with salads and to concentrate one of my fields on the art of pantry chef or garde manger.

My mother ensured as youngsters that my sister and l enjoyed food of all types so we were never not allowed to experiment with our taste buds.

By the time l was fourteen l had tasted , tried and sampled many different dishes, recipes, fruits and vegetables. I think l was at the time more astonished by friends of mine who refused to eat green vegetables because ‘they didn’t like the taste’ and l remember thinking that their parents really needed to encourage their children to eat more variety so that their kids didn’t develop an aversion to certain food types and tastes as they aged and yet many older people even today will not eat certain food types which stems from their childhood and their parents not introducing ‘variety’.

Anyway, me aside – how about you?

What are five of the weirdest things you have ever eaten?

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37 thoughts on “What are five of the weirdest things you have ever eaten?

  1. Growing up, I was not really introduced to exotic stuff, in fact it would surprise you to hear the sort of things that in my family we thought of as exotic! My mum wouldn’t eat Pasta, so if Marks and Spencers hadn’t done Spaghetti Bolognese ready meals, i’d have never known the joys of Italian food. I now know the joys of real italian food and have even made some myself.

    Baring that in mind, my 5 weirdest things are:

    1) Norweigian Brown Cheese (Brunost) which is made from Whey rather than curds and tastes like a cross between Fudge and Cheese, its a savoury fudgy cheese…. Weird or What?
    2) Crocodile. I had this at a evening dinner party in the desert after watching the sun set over Uluru (it was an organised touristy thing but very nice), I didn’t like the taste of Crocodile, it tasted like Salty, Soapy Chicken…
    3) Kangaroo. At the same event I tried Kangaroo and LOVED it. It is very much like Venison.
    4) Ethiopian Cuisine – Now this was a really exotic experience for me (baring in mind how unadventurous my culinary experiences had been) and I loved it. There are a few Ethiopian Restaurants in London. The Queen of Sheba in Kentish Town is wonderful. The food is spiced but flavoursome and you eat it with rolled up giant pancakes (or its like pancakes), delicious,
    5) Mole ( this is pronounced Molay, and is a Mexican sauce and not the burrowing animal), This is a very thick brown sauce, savoury and very complex tasting notes but made with chocolate. I have to say, I thought it was not very nice at all.

    1. Hey Kristian 🙂

      Nice looking list – l also agree, Kanga does taste like venison. The alligator l had tasted in a nutshell bloody foul! It was salty and gritty and if anything like drippy chicken ,…

      The brunost sounds fascinating. I had Ethiopian food way back a times in London in the 90’s, it was delicious. I have heard of Mole. Never had it though.

  2. I can’t say that I’ve tried any exotic food. I’m a vegetarian at heart and the dishes I eat are mostly free from meat. Chicken I do eat but it’s not a priority. So unless you count squash cooked with split chickpeas weird, I don’t have anything to contribute.

  3. I’ve never eaten anything anyone would consider weird. But certainly foods that were considered strange or exotic BACK THEN…my mother was very big on fruits and vegetables, and living in NYC everything and anything was available so what is now commonplace and common was strange and exotic 75 years ago. Weird food was cooked and served, I just never ate it. Don’t ask me to list those foods ’cause even the thought of it would make me barf. Oh, in 6th grade the teacher brought in chocolate covered insects – bees or ants or something – so I ate a chocolate covered insect – once. No, we didn’t know what we were eating but kids plus chocolate…

    1. Chocolate covered insects were a big thing in Australia in the 70’s. I remember eating chocolate ants and witchetty grubs and even coated scorpions.

      A lot of them were like some kind of strange chocolate bars 🙂

  4. I don’t like weird food, but here goes…
    1. Frog legs. I had these a few times in NY restaurants as a kid and liked them. I didn’t know they were weird as they were on a lot of menus. Now, the idea of eating them seems horrible.
    2. Snail. Despite being OK with eating frog, I was repulsed by snails, yet I let a waiter force one on me at age 11. It was gross. It still makes me shudder to think of it!
    3. Raw quail egg, eel, and other sushi type items. They were all delicious but I quit eating all raw fish when I got sick from it in 2016.
    4. Liver (beef) & onions. Most people hate this, but I like it! Haven’t had it in ages.
    5. Raw hamburger. I used to like a taste of it when my mom was cooking. Gah! What a savage I was!

    1. Ooh raw quail egg nice, what did you think to that? I can understand being repelled by sushi now, l have also found that if something made me violently ill, l never touched it again.

      Suze was poisoned by chicken once and now she goes all ninja mode when there is chicken being cooked 🙂

      Indeed what a savage you were!!

      Strangely enough l used to love raw mice beef myself for many years soaked in vinegar.

  5. Reminds me of a joke in an early Lenny Henry TV sketch. Someone is asking him if he’s ever eaten frogs’ legs,

    “Frogs’ legs? Beautiful! What do they taste like? ….well, a bit like chicken.”

    “Have I eaten snails as well? Yes, absolutely delicious! What do they taste like? …a bit like chicken.”

    “Have I had crocodile? Of course! It’s brilliant! What does it taste like?….I suppose a bit like chicken.”

    Then his friend says, all this talk of food is making him hungry. Does Lenny fancy one of his sandwiches?

    “What’s in ‘em?” asks Lenny.

    “Chicken!”, says his friend.

    Lenny pulls a face, and says, “Ooo, I don’t like chicken.”

    *

    When I was a kid, I would eat raw rhubarb. My mum would be cutting it up to stew for a pie or crumble and I would sneak a piece off the cutting board to chew.

    When exploring Singapore in the 80s, I saw a promotion in McDonald’s window for new Durian flavoured McShake milkshakes. I had one of those, it was very nice.

    1. I seem to recall a sketch like that from years ago also. Perhaps not Lenny Henry himself, but l know it’s quite a popular comedy sketch. Might have seen an american comic performing it once. Very funny.

      I used to love rhubarb, until l discovered that raw rhubarb made me as high as a kite.

  6. I remember as a kid having bear meat at a friend’s house (her dad was a hunter). I’ve also had kangaroo meat.

    One of the odder meals I’ve had was snail soup for breakfast in Vietnam. There was a lady on the side of the street with a big pot of soup, and she would pull snails out their shells and plunk them in your bowl of soup.

    1. Ooooooooooh yummy [snail’s soup] or was it? How did you feel watching her plop a snail into your soup?

      I have eaten bear before, interesting taste, reminded me of venison.

  7. Nothing really weird. Escargot, different raw things in Sushi, crawdads (or crayfish😉)

    People might think eating tomatoes with sugar is weird, or half a canned pear with a dollop of mayo in the pit dent, sprinkled with cheddar cheese might be weird. Is Bison weird? Is Venison weird?

    Actually… “weird” is definitely up for debate. I’m willing to try just about anything 🤷🏼‍♀️ but not for a dare or bet, but because I’m generally open to new things.

  8. I have eaten many exotic meats, several mentioned in the post and comments, but I am not particularly proud of it. I considered escargot and frog’s legs weird but know they are delicacies. I enjoy ordering the unusual and have tried peanut butter hamburgers many times, a delicious banana pizza once in Boston, and a delightful fig pizza the other day in a local establishment.

  9. Let’s see here… There was (and may still be for all I know) a ‘grill’ sort of place in Salt Lake City where they offered ‘exotic’ meat as a menu. Quail’s eggs were in the salad section, but were hard boiled (kudos to Ashley, I couldn’t swallow any kind of raw egg 🤢) They’d feature a different exotic meat each day, and the more popular ones were always available (if they had it). So…
    1. Rattlesnake (tasted like chicken)
    2. Alligator
    3. Beef tongue (not at the restaurant, somebody offered it for a dinner once)
    4. Grasshoppers and ants (chocolate covered when those were a ‘fad’)
    5. Beef heart (once). I don’t see those in the store now at all, and I’m not sure I would know how to properly cook it in the first place. I do love chicken gizzards and hearts though, and make them for dinner (stewed) about once every three months or so.

    One really odd thing (to me) that I’ve eaten was pepper on cantaloupe and peanut butter and lettuce as a sandwich. Wasn’t too impressed with either combination.

    1. Hey Melanie 🙂

      That’s quite the line up. The peanut butter and lettuce made me laugh – many years ago, a girl l was dating made me that ‘to impress me’ ….. right.

      I have had salt and pepper on melons before, the salt was nice, the pepper made me sneeze.

  10. Let’s see here… There was (and may still be for all I know) a ‘grill’ sort of place in Salt Lake City where they offered ‘exotic’ meat as a menu. Quail’s eggs were in the salad section, but were hard boiled (kudos to Ashley, I couldn’t swallow any kind of raw egg 🤢) They’d feature a different exotic meat each day, and the more popular ones were always available (if they had it). So…
    1. Rattlesnake (tasted like chicken)
    2. Alligator
    3. Beef tongue (not at the restaurant, somebody offered it for a dinner once)
    4. Grasshoppers and ants (chocolate covered when those were a ‘fad’)
    5. Beef heart (once). I don’t see those in the store now at all, and I’m not sure I would know how to properly cook it in the first place. I do love chicken gizzards and hearts though, and make them for dinner (stewed) about once every three months or so.

    One really odd thing (to me) that I’ve eaten was pepper on cantaloupe and peanut butter and lettuce as a sandwich. Wasn’t too impressed with either combination.

  11. Here’s my list – ostrich, alligator tail, Escargot, pheasant, shark, frog legs, pickled okra, pig roasted in the ground, and various concoctions of other stuff. No insects – absolutely not! lol

    1. Oooh that’s a good list Eugenia 🙂

      I have had all of those before now – strangely enough, l loved the ostrich but it still tasted like chicken to me.

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